Bervie Foodbank is now up and running with three donation bins situated around the Royal Burgh which have been sponsored by local businesses.
There is also a food bank collection site with emergency food boxes being housed in Bervie Paper Shop.
Councillor Alison Evison said of the project: “It is fantastic how the Inverbervie community has got behind the foodbank initiative to give help to local people needing emergency support.
“I have been able to take regular car loads of food donations from Inverbervie to the Trussell Trust Foodbanks in the area.
‘‘Every person who receives help from the foodbank is also directed to long term support through the agencies and voluntary groups.”
Sponsors Dick Karpinski & Partner Ltd said in a statement: “We started in business just over six years ago.
“Our customers, who include the people of Inverbervie and surrounding areas, have helped us develop as a company. By sponsoring the foodbanks, we hope that it’s our way of showing our appreciation, by giving something worthwhile back to the community.”.
According to Trusselltrust.org, in 2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children.
Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food.